James Randall, better known as J.R., is the manager of the recently reopened Java Java coffee house on Chetco Avenue.
Brothers, Terry and Tim Patterson, new owners of KBSC TV, and the Redwood Theater, purchased the building that houses the TV station and decided it was time to reopen the coffee house.
Were thrilled to reopen it in a clean and cheerful manner, Terry Patterson said. We liked the name and decided to keep it, but everything else will be new.
Paintings of Brookings artist, Tom Moody, on the walls, music playing, an oriental rug on the floor, and friendly greetings, help provide a warm, inviting ambiance.
In addition to coffee, espresso, lattes, and sodas, the coffee house features homemade muffins, pastry and cheese cake and fruits.
We will add sandwiches and soup by winter, Randall said. Well pipe the fragrance outside, to entice people to come in.
Randall emphasized the need for patronage from local businesses and residents, especially in the winter months.
Its important to support each other, he said.
The coffee house will host bridge and chess players, and musicians.
Different things to involve the community, Randall said.
I needed a place to drink coffee, Terry Patterson said. He said the idea is to provide a place where people can sit and have a cup of coffee and talk.
On Fridays and Saturdays well have some sort of low-key guitar music, Patterson said.
We have a list of various musicians in town. And, well stay open at least until 10 p.m. on weekends, maybe until midnight when we have music. It will be a great addition, he said.
Java Java was open for business during the Azalea Festival weekend, but its official grand opening was last weekend. The opening was very successful, Randall said.
In addition to providing a warm and friendly atmosphere, the coffee house features a unique brand of coffee from Carmichael, Calif, found no place else in Oregon.
If you dont have good coffee, you cant make good espresso, Randall said.
The current special, in honor of Fathers Day, is the Sugar Daddy, a special mixture of cinnamon, and other enticing flavors.
Randall, who has had a number of different careers, including playing baseball for the Dodgers Salem A team in his earlier years, is delighted with his new job.
He recently returned to the United States after spending almost a year in Nicaragua, where he helped provide food, clothing and medication for poor families, he said.
An orphan, Randall said he grew up in Oregon, and when he returned to the U.S. he looked for a small town on the coast, and Brookings fit the bill.
After meeting Terry Patterson, and given the opportunity to manage the coffee shop, he is sure this is the place he belongs.
Ive met a lot of people and everybody is so friendly here, he said
He said he is looking forward to making many more new friends, both local residents and visitors, as he works to make the coffee shop a popular stop for all.